Future prospects for THz spectroscopy

Christopher K. Walker, Craig Kulesa, Christopher Groppi, Dathon Golish

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


Many of the most astrophysically important transitions of atoms and molecules occur at THz frequencies. These transitions allow us to probe the formation and evolution of stars, planets, galaxies, and even the Universe itself. A recent confluence of technologies involving mixers, local oscillators, micromachining, IF amplifiers, and digital signal processing now make the fabrication of large format (∼1000 pixel), heterodyne arrays at THz frequencies possible. Planned observatories at high altitude sites (e.g. the high Atacama and Dome A in Antarctica) and in the stratosphere (e.g. SOFIA and balloon-borne telescopes) can serve as platforms from which THz arrays can provide unprecedented access to a powerful window to the Universe. In this paper the scientific impact and technical roadmap to the realization and implementation of THz arrays will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
StatePublished - 2008
EventMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV - Marseille, France
Duration: Jun 26 2008Jun 28 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV


  • Heterodyne arrays
  • Interstellar medium
  • Submillimeter astronomy
  • Suborbital astronomy
  • Terahertz spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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